Labor Day has passed and millions of kids are shaking off their carefree summer schedules for their predictable (and sometimes monotonous) school-year routine. Why not brighten up your kid's back-to-school blues with a fresh and stylish update to their room? SheKnows turned to Rebecca Woolf, top mom blogger and host of HGTV's new web series, ChildStyle, to bring you some design ideas for your kid's space this school year.
Woolf may be a storyteller by trade (she pens the wildly successful mom blog, Girl's Gone Child), but she's also got a knack and eye for decorating. On her new HGTV.com series, ChildStyle, she takes viewers on a video and photo tour of nurseries and kids' rooms that offer big design ideas for your little one. She shared with us her back-to-school decor tips, along with her thoughts on creating functional and stylish kid spaces.
(For inspiration, we've included some photos from the series.)
Get creative with storage
With a new school year comes new... stuff. Woolf says, "why not give the ol' storage bin a new spin?" From colorful storage ottomans to refurbished lockers, it's time to switch out those gallon Tupperware containers for something cheap and chic. She also recommends keeping ample storage around the periphery of rooms to make clean-up time a snap for mom.
(The bench in this young girl's bedroom provides extra seating and storage.)
Jazz up their homework space
Parents get their kids back-to-school clothes and supplies but probably don't think to makeover their workspace. "I think a really great way to get your kids excited about doing homework is to create a little spot in their space for them to do their work. It's so easy to take an old desk and put different knobs on it to sort of jazz it up a bit." Woolf adds, "I love creating this special environment and space for your child that he wants to come to — to give them a special nook or desk that they can decorate and paint."
(In this glamorous teen bedroom, a homework center is tucked beneath a window. The sleek parsons desk and bright pink chair provide loads of style, while the desktop fabric bins are a handy place to stash school supplies.)
Make bookshelves a priority
Woolf explains, "I've never met a book-filled room I didn't love. Books make spaces more interesting, not to mention the people who inhabit them." Bookshelves also provide much-needed storage space for extra toys, trinkets and dolls.
(This bookshelf does double-duty by storing more than just books. The wicker baskets are a smart addition that add style and hide clutter.)
Teach an old piece a new trick
"Every piece of furniture can be transformed with a coat of paint and some funky knobs," says Woolf. Even that bland old dresser can be updated to make the space more interesting. It's easy on the budget and gives you an opportunity to get the kids involved in making choices about their rooms. Because, as Woolf says, "they have to live there and play in there, why not make it a special place for them to come to."
(Check out what Woolf did with an old dresser for her twins' nursery. We love the mismatched knobs and bright colors.)
Leave love notes
"Chalkboards, murals, paintings, even framed greeting cards — there are lots of ways to leave words of love in your children's spaces," explains Woolf. "From E.E. Cummings to Dr. Suess to your own age-old wisdom, words to live by are, 'words to live by,' for a reason."
(In this shared boys' room, mom and designer Gerri Panebianco, created shadow boxes out of plexiglass. Each child has his own box that contains fragile glass animals, silver cups from their baptisms and locks of hair from their first haircuts. How sweet!)
Woolf's final thought is to have fun! "You get to create the setting for your child's story! Fill it with life. Fill it with love. Let it shine."
Looking for more kid decor inspiration? Click on over to HGTV.com to check out more of ChildStyle with Rebecca Woolf.
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